ALPHARETTA, GA -- The Duke men's golf team finished 14th at the United States Collegiate Championship with a 22-over 886 after posting a 10-over 298 in the final round of play. Freshman Alexander Matlari fired a one-under 71 to pace the Blue Devils Sunday at The Golf Club of Georgia.
"Alex's round today was the result of the application of some good work yesterday," said head coach Jamie Green. "He got off to a pretty good start and maintained it. He gave a couple of bogeys back but I think his head was in the right place all day, which enabled him to produce an under-par round."
No. 5 Oklahoma State claimed the tournament title with a 15-under 849, one shot better than No. 2 Georgia Tech. Wake Forest placed third with a two-under 862 with No. 14 Virginia (-1, 863), No. 3 Texas A&M (E, 864) and No. 17 UCLA (E, 864) rounding out the top five.
Georgia Tech's Olllie Schniederjans won the individual title with a 10-under 206. Ben Rusch (Virginia) finished four shots off the lead with Anders Albertson (Georgia Tech) finishing third with a five-under 211.
Matlari posted a one-under 71 Sunday to finish tied for 48th with a seven-over 223. He opened the final round with back-to-back birdies and moved to three-under with a birdie on the par 4 fifth hole. After dropping a stroke on No. 6, Matlari carded a birdie on No. 9 to make the turn at three-under. After parring the first three holes after the turn, he suffered three bogeys over a four-hole stretch to slip back to even-par. Matlari closed the day with a birdie on No. 18 for his second under-par round of the season.
Freshman Max Greyserman registered three birdies, 12 pars, two bogeys and a double-bogey en route to a one-over 73. The Short Hills, N.J., native finished 50th with an eight-over 224.
Yaroslav Merkulov carded a five-over 77 to finish tied for 36th with a four-over 220. The Penfield, N.Y., native had a pair of birdies Sunday, but also suffered five bogeys and a double-bogey.
Sophomore Motin Yeung tied for 39th with a five-over 221. After posting rounds fo 69 and 73, Yeung struggled en route of a final round 80.
Michael Ricaurte, a junior from Columbus, Ohio, recorded his third straight round of 77 to finish 76th overall.
Duke concluded its fall season at the US Collegiate Championship. The Blue Devils return to action Feb. 10-11 at The Farms Collegiate Invitational in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
"We have got to take a good hard look at things in the offseason," said Green. "Now is the time to tighten up some things that we saw this weekend. One of those is that throughout the team our misses need to be better. Our shot selection and shot repertoire have got to get better if we are going to expect to compete. A good thing that I like about the team is that they are receptive to making changes and are willing to do the work. We need to make sure that we are putting in the right work and spending time efficiently working to improve. I am upbeat and excited about the time we are going to be able to spend working with guys in the offseason."